VUSN event aids drug disposal efforts

April 14, 2011

More than 49,000 doses of prescription and over-the-counter medications were safely disposed of at a recent Dickson County drug disposal event thanks to the combined efforts of faculty and students from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Lipscomb College of Pharmacy, Belmont University, the Dickson Police Department, 23rd Judicial District Anti-Drug Taskforce, and the Dickson Explorer’s…

Sleep strategy used by night nurses throws off their circadian clocks

April 14, 2011

As many as 25 percent of hospital nurses go without sleep for up to 24 hours in order to adjust to working on the night shift, which is the least effective strategy for adapting their internal, circadian clocks to a night-time schedule. That is one of the results of the first study to examine the…

5 Myths About Water Births

April 1, 2011

Are water births easier? Will your baby drown during childbirth? Get the real facts about water births to decide if it’s the right labor method for you. If you’ve ever considered a water birth, in which you experience either labor and delivery or just labor in a tub of warm water, read on. Giving birth…

Vanderbilt nurses train in virtual world

March 21, 2011

Some of the top nurses at Vanderbilt University have been playing around with their alter-ego avatars in a website virtual world, but this is no computer game. It is a future place for medicine. The avatars allow nurse practitioners and patients to interact on the computer screen. They also make it possible for nursing professors…

Your world … and welcome to it

March 18, 2011

When it comes to losing weight or making healthy challenges, the world at large is not your friend. Jamie Pope, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., instructor of Nutrition at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, knows this all too well. “Most people are very aware of what they should do, or even what they need to do,”…

Exercise can curb marijuana use and cravings

March 4, 2011

Vanderbilt researchers are studying heavy users of marijuana to help understand what exercise does for the brain, contributing to a field of research that uses exercise as a modality for prevention and treatment. Participants saw a significant decrease in their cravings and daily use after just a few sessions of running on the treadmill, according…